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Is talc toxic in makeup? Answer is likely no

Beauty site Byrdie knows that many of its readers are concerned about the safety of talc considering the media attention recent verdicts against Johnson and Johnson have received. The company is being sued by thousands of women who claim their ovarian cancer was caused by use of Johnson and Johnson’s talc containing products, Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower for feminine hygiene. Four trials over the past year and a half led to plaintiff wins with damages of more than $300 million. We recently reported that a toxicology and pharmacology expert who testified at all of the talc trials ... Read More

First California talc trial scheduled to start today

Today the first California talc trial is scheduled to begin in Los Angeles Superior Court. Plaintiff Eva Echeverria’s suit was chosen as the first of hundreds filed in the state and consolidated into a complex litigation to go to trial because Echeverria, who has ovarian cancer, has been diagnosed with only six months to live. She alleges that her cancer was caused by years of using Johnson and Johnson’s talc products, such as Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower according to instructions for feminine hygiene. Besides Johnson and Johnson, also named as a defendant in the lawsuit is Imerys ... Read More

J&J ‘unattractive investment’ with ongoing talc ovarian cancer suits

Investment website Seeking Alpha, which features stock market insights and financial analysis provided by investors and industry experts, this month advised its millions of users and viewers to be wary of Johnson and Johnson because of the ongoing talc litigation. “Johnson & Johnson has struggled so far to achieve widespread success defending against the talcum powder litigation. The risk created by the talcum powder litigation makes Johnson & Johnson an unattractive investment,” Seeking Alpha says. The article on Seeking Alpha assesses the litigation alleging that the company’s talcum powder products such as Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower cause ... Read More

California talc ovarian cancer trial scheduled for July 10

According to Law360, the first California talc trial is scheduled for July 10. Plaintiff Eva Echeverria is one of hundreds of women who have filed complaints in Los Angeles Superior Court against Johnson and Johnson and Imerys Talc America. Similar suits filed all across the country allege that talc, when used for feminine hygiene, can travel through the female reproductive system and cause ovarian cancer. The suits also allege that J&J and Imerys have been aware of studies linking talc to ovarian cancer for decades but, rather than warn consumers, they tried to deny and suppress the risk. Echeverria alleges ... Read More

Toxicology expert testifies talc is ‘toxic’

Before the first California talc trial, which is scheduled to begin on July 10, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Maren E. Nelson is conducting a Sargon hearing, originating from the California Supreme Court’s 2012 ruling in Sargon Enterprises Inc. v. University of Southern California, “which held that trial courts must evaluate whether proposed expert testimony has sufficient scientific backing,” according to Law360. Similar to the Daubert standard in federal court, the judge is responsible to be the “gatekeeper” determining the admissibility of scientific expert testimony. The Sargon hearing began on Monday June 26 and Law360 reports that on Tuesday Judge Nelson ... Read More

Missouri talc trial ends early after Supreme Court ruling

The talc trial against defendants Johnson and Johnson and Imerys Talc America, which began on June 5 in St. Louis, has been declared a mistrial after Monday’s Supreme Court decision about jurisdiction. This sixth trial before St. Louis Circuit Court Judge Rex Burlison was to be the first multi-plaintiff trial. One of the three plaintiffs bringing the suit, Michael Blaes of Webster Groves, Missouri, is the first Missouri resident to be represented in a claim to go to trial. He is the husband of Shawn Blaes, who died of ovarian cancer in 2011 at age 50 after decades of using ... Read More

Talc jury hears J&J marketed to minorities

In the sixth Missouri talc trial, Johnson and Johnson is being accused of intentionally marketing its talc products to minority women in order to boost flagging sales when it was allegedly aware that these products were associated with an increased risk of ovarian cancer. In particular, studies have found that African-American women have an even greater risk of developing ovarian cancer with genital talc use. R. Allen Smith of the Mississippi-based Smith Law Firm, is an attorney for the three plaintiffs representing women who died of ovarian cancer.  He said of Johnson and Johnson in opening arguments, according to Courtroom View Network, ... Read More

Will FDA budget cuts affect talc-ovarian cancer research?

In the recent talc-ovarian cancer trials, one of Johnson and Johnson’s primary defenses has been to cite that a number of health and safety regulatory agencies have not labeled talc as a carcinogen. As we have reported previously on Righting Injustice, in court J&J’s lawyers claim that these “watchdogs” have already “intensively analyzed whether talc causes cancer” and stand firmly on the side of the safety of talc, but this is misleading. One of the regulatory agencies always included in Johnson and Johnson’s list is the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which in fact last year awarded an Office of ... Read More

Valeant holds J&J responsible for talc troubles

Johnson and Johnson has been facing very public lawsuits over the last year and a half, with allegations that its talc-containing products cause ovarian cancer. Thus far, four juries have convicted the company of failure to warn consumers of this cancer risk and held it accountable for plaintiffs’ injuries, with massive verdicts of $110 million, $72 million, $70 million and $55 million. Two of those juries also held J&J’s talc provider Imerys Talc America responsible and ordered it to pay damages as well. The two main products being disputed are Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower body powder. In ... Read More

Talc-ovarian cancer trials spark tort reform debate

In a recent article about the talc-ovarian cancer trials that have taken place in St. Louis Circuit Court over the last year and half, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch addresses some of the criticism that has come against the litigation that has brought so much publicity to their city. The large verdicts last year against Johnson and Johnson of $72 million, $55 million and $70 million drew the attention of the American Tort Reform Association, which placed St. Louis Circuit Court at the top of its annual ranking of “judicial hellholes.” In May, a St. Louis jury awarded the largest verdict ... Read More